André the Giant

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André the Giant

Andre the Giant in the late 1980s
Ring name(s) André Roussimoff
André the Giant
Géant Ferré
Giant Machine
Jean Ferré
Monster Eiffel Tower
Monster Roussimoff
Billed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Billed weight 540 lb (240 kg)
Born May 19, 1946(1946-05-19)
Grenoble, France
Died January 27, 1993(1993-01-27) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Billed from Grenoble in the French Alps
Trained by Frank Valois
Édouard Carpentier
Debut 1963
Retired 1992

André René Roussimoff (19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993) better known by his ring name, André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. He was best known for wrestling with World Wrestling Federation. Because of his size as the result of acromegaly, he was called "The Eighth Wonder of the World". During his professional wrestling career, he was a one time WWF champion and a one time WWF World Tag Team champion with Haku. In 1993, He became the first superstar to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.[1]

His best know acting role was as Fezzik is the 1987 movie The Princess Bride.

Championships[change | edit source]

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
  • International Pro Wrestling
    • IWA World Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Michael Nador)[3]
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • International Wrestling Grand Prix (1985)
    • MSG League (1982)
    • MSG Tag League (1981) (with Rene Goulet)
    • Sagawa Express Cup (1986)
  • NWA Tri-State
    • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (one time) (with Dusty Rhodes)[4]
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Class of 2002[5]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1977, 1982)[6]
    • PWI Match of the Year (1981) (vs. Killer Khan on 2 May)[7]
    • PWI Match of the Year (1988) (vs. Hulk Hogan at The Main Event)[7]
    • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1988)[8]
    • PWI Editor's Award (1993)[9]
    • He was ranked #3 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.[10]
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame[11]
  • World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
    • NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Ronald Miller)[12]
  • World Wrestling Federation
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Feud of the Year (1981) (vs. Killer Khan)
    • Most Embarrassing Wrestler (1989)
    • Worst Feud of the Year (1984) (vs. Big John Studd)
    • Worst Feud of the Year (1989) (vs. The Ultimate Warrior)
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (1987) (vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III)
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (1989) (vs. The Ultimate Warrior on 31 October)
    • Worst Tag Team (1990, 1991) (with Giant Baba)
    • Worst Wrestler (1989, 1991, 1992)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)[15]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "WWE.com: Andre the Giant". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/andrethegiant. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  2. "NWA Florida Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fl-t.html. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  3. "International Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/iwe/iwe-t.html. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  4. "NWA United States Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/midsouth/nwa/tri-us-t.html. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  5. "Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: Andre the Giant". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. http://www.pwhf.org/halloffamers/bios/andre.asp. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  6. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners: Most Popular Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110603073829/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwimpoty.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners: Match of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110522001503/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwimoty.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  8. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners: Most Hated Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110603073747/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwimhoty.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  9. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners: Editor's Award". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110813033827/http://100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwiedit.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  10. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110707054220/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi500yr.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  11. "Stampede Wrestling Hall Of Fame (1948-1990)". Wrestling-Titles.com. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/ab/stampede/hof.html. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  12. "Austra-Asian Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/australia/wcw/aa-t.html. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  13. "WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Andre the Giant (February 05, 1988 - February 05, 1988)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwe-world-heavyweight-championship/304454122. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  14. "World Tag Team Championship - Andre the Giant & Haku (December 13, 1989 - April 01, 1990)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/worldtagteam/3044541321111121. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  15. "Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductees". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110707054259/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/other/wohof.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-07.

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